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The F Word Project: Five Feminist Fables for the Twenty-First Century
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The F Word Project: Five Feminist Fables for the Twenty-first Century is a body of art, collected in a series of comic books—or graphic fables—by Maureen Burdock. Each fable features a unique common heroine negotiating a world that still legitimizes various forms of violence and inequity towards women. The F Word Project increases awareness of women’s struggles worldwide and the need for elimination of the injustices they experience. It provides inspirational role models for women and girls by creating brave protagonists from different backgrounds. In addition to depicting problems, the engaging art and narratives of the F Word Fables emphasize the intelligence and goodness of people and their willingness to work together to make change possible.

The F Word Project fables are scheduled to be published as an anthology by McFarland in 2014. Each is thirty-two pages long and presently has a format of 8.5 x 11 inches. The drawings and paintings for each novella are created as 18 x 24” oil paintings and framed panels, with the intention of being shown as fine art. The art from the first three books, which were independently published, has been exhibited around the world, and received much press.

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Drawings and paintings from the first three books in The F Word Project series, also available for exhibition as fine art.
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Marta & the Missing deals with the periodic rape and murder of girls and women in Juarez, Mexico, over the last decade.

In this novella, Marta and Pepito, a dog with a strong sense of ethics and humor, are visited by Alma, a ghost of the disappeared, who leads them to sites where violence is about to occur. Marta learns that, by standing together, the victims and their families can end this nightmare.

Marta & the Missing: Marta & Las Desaparecidas is written in Spanish and in English. The book opens and closes with oil portraits of some of the actual girls and women involved in the atrocities, depicted as they were before becoming victims, as seen in snapshots posted on the Internet. The intimate portraits celebrate the women’s memories and increase awareness of the beauty and humanity being lost as a result of such violence.

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Mona & the Little Smile is the story of a German immigrant girl who comes to America, where she survives sexual abuse. It is written in German and in English.

According to the U.S. Justice Department, about 33 percent of girls are sexually molested before the age of eighteen in the United States.

As the novella progresses, Mona reshapes herself into a superheroine who helps other children transmute their experiences of childhood sexual abuse by honing their magical skills and turning the perpetrators into mushrooms. This novella opens and closes with oil portraits of pedophiles as mushrooms.

Maisa & the Bad Muslim Girls focuses women's rights to define religion for them/ourselves, rather than having behavior and practice prescribed by others. This book addresses the issue of “honor killing” perpetrated by Muslim male family members when they feel that a sister, daughter, or other female relative is threatening the family’s honor by being sexually independent, having relationships not approved of by father/family, or by adopting what they feel are “Western” behaviors. Very often, perpetrators explain their violence by saying that their victim was a "bad Muslim girl."

In this novella, Maisa, the ghost of a Turkish immigrant woman, struggles to protect her daughter, whose life is threatened by her uncle and male cousins when they find out she has a Jewish boyfriend. Maisa, with help from the spirits, teaches her daughter and other Muslim women recipes from their countries of origin—Turkey, Egypt, and Pakistan—with which the women can make themselves invisible to escape their oppressors. But in order to become visible again, they must find each other and share their recipes.

 

The Next F Word Fable is now in development!

Mumbi & the Long Run

Mumbi is a Kenyan long distance runner who lives and trains in Santa Fe, New Mexico, US. Mumbi's story is revealed as she trains with her housemates on the tracks and trails of the high desert and mountains. When she was 10 years old, her beloved older sister Makena died from an infection following circumcision. Mumbi's little cousin, Esther, is about to go through this rite of passage. If Mumbi can come up with the money in time, she can help an organization back home establish alternative rites of passage for girls to help eliminate the practice of female genital cutting and early marriage. Her Aunt has agreed to allow Esther to participate in the alternative rite, if it is available before the winter school holidays. Mumbi is now faced with a difficult decision. Will she accept sponsorship money from Pestlé, a transnational corporation that has caused misery and countless deaths in Africa and around the world? What other choices does she have? This is a bittersweet story of love, grief, and leadership for young women growing up in an increasingly globalized world.

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Upcoming Events

June 2014: The entire series of drawings for Mumbi & the Long Run will be exhibited at Space Station 65 Gallery in London.

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Press

Lamp Project, online journal, Interview by Angelique Szymanek, March 2013
Art Animal, San Francisco, California, Interview by Julie Davis, November 2012
Marie Claire, Mumbai, India:“Eye on the World,” by Aekta, June 2011
Strip, Copenhagen, Denmark: “Verden har brug for Superheltinder,” by Rikke Cortsen, June 2011
Badische Zeitung, Lahr, Germany: “Kunst Aus Lahr in den USA” by Sebastian Wolfrum, Dec 2010
Times Higher Education, London, UK: “Stereotypes, Superheroines, and Femmes Fatales Galore,” by Matthew Reisz, Nov 2010
Monster Girl Media blog feature: http://monstergirlmedia.net/node/36, by Erika Lopez, May 2010
THE Magazine, New Mexico: cover art and “Universe of Maureen Burdock” feature, by  Guy Cross, Oct 2009
Time Out New York online posting and slide show, “There Goes My Hero” exhibition, Oct 2009
The Durango Herald, Durango, Colorado: “Feminists Under Forty Show Honors Novel and Neon” by Leanne Goebel, March 2008
Santa Fe Reporter, Santa Fe, New Mexico: Arts Pick of the Week by Charlotte Jusinski, November 2007
Changolion Podcast on line at changolion.com (in Spanish), April 2007
El Diario, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico: “Talento Femenino” article reviewing exhibition of Marta & the Missing by Brisa Frias, March 2007
La Herencia, Santa Fe, New Mexico: review of Marta & the Missing by Ana Pacheco, March 2007

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